I was as prepared as I could be for a three-hour session… by not thinking about it!
It’s been a typical miserable Mancunian summer, wet all day and no sun in sight, I had a mild headache all day but couldn’t work out why, lack of sleep? No idea, I thought I slept well last night.
Anyway, only a handful of hardcore regulars came tonight, our group has been together for a long time – we’re so comfortable with each other, I love the vibe and the banter. I love our tap family!
I had a mixed across the room, struggled with spinning step-shuffle-hop at speed, in fact I still struggle with the spotting… I need some alone time really, have to work it out! I kept it quiet but I might have done drop-shuffle-pickups on my toes. I traveled a fair bit before I realised that my heels weren’t touching the floor, it came from nowhere! It felt like a eureka moment! Still, that’s a one-off… need to make it consistent, that’s key! Until then, shhhhh!
Spotting, could have been a LOT better. SPEEED too!
Wings – I did ok? Need to go lower as Ailsa frantically pointed out – single wings were hard but not beyond me, I can feel it, it’s a case of repetition. I’ll get there, gotta keep moving!
We finished the routine tonight, my take on the ending was a little muddled… I did try but whoosh! The quick turning cramproll followed by step-hop-dig-heel whatever it was… it’s a common step, just hard to describe. The routine started simple but it does pick up and get tricky at the end, it’s a nice challenge to work on the combos, I reckon we needed another two lessons to get the whole locked down. Everyone is more than capable. I had a blast, the knee was ok, except for a minor pinch on drop-shuffles.
The place is shut next week! No tap! I suppose this is good for me, an enforced break, otherwise I wouldn’t have stopped dancing! I’ll get a week to recuperate… I hope!
Laura is off on her break. I arrived late for Josh’s warm-up, I… admittedly killed some time and missed most of it, because I was scared of the running part. Luckily none of that happened. We did some very basic steps across the room.
The routine, however I reckon it was one of the more challenging pieces from Josh. I really liked it because there were lots of technical aspects, I did think it was a little too advanced for some of the new people there – to go from the basics to the routine, the steps we learned weren’t applied either, so it was a big step up. Some really struggled but soldiered on, good job!
We had… reaches! And… ROLLS! Oh gosh, we had a standing bum roll… I doubt some people did anything like that before, but that was the challenge for them!
The routine was fun – lots of little cute things to remember, I didn’t feel the music as much… don’t know why. I didn’t move my legs as quickly as I should have, just to be safe! I realised the twisting was aggravating my knee, by avoiding it I’m actually ok.
Been an ok session, it was good to roll!
Got a very educational hour with Ailsa. It was so good because she started from scratch and explained basic techniques, like the starting points – such as parallel feet, forward-motion knees when bending and use of core muscles. Not necessarily 100% tensed, but tension vary for every move. I sponged up every detail and nuances she pointed out, these were things I couldn’t see in class.
She had my undivided attention, we covered the core, and rolling our arms, plus jumping with knees straight and feet down, turning arms up – head to go with arms etc. Precisely what I was after, the details to the untrained eye! We proceeded to ROLLING! Sitting and standing, I had to be brave and dive at the floor. Felt pretty clunky at times but apparently it looks ok – drag can be reduced by being prepared. It’s all about the set-up, the entry with the arm dictates the roll… the better prepared you go into it, the better you come out of it. All about trusting the arm/shoulder to take the weight!
I can’t kneel with my feet flat against the floor, I thought there was something wrong but Ailsa assured me it’s just a stretching thing. Mine aren’t strong enough to support my weight so it does hurt, a lot! It’s just a matter of strength building I guess, and psychological re-wiring! I must stop using my toes because it stresses my knees, this will be the most conscious thing I have to do, I automatically land with my toes out – need to avoid this from now on, and glide my feet flat in line with the shin. This will be hard! Re-programming is in order!
Lastly, backrolls! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought! I planned to use my right shoulder but instinctively used left… durr. I was shown four ways to exit! Knees, one knee-one back, both slide back, one high then slide back. They were all really cool, just need to memorise it for the classes, not like I can practise at my flat, or can I?… Hmmm.
The hour was up and I was very satisfied with the things we covered, all types of rolling! My body is less forgiving, I have a scraped red shoulder-blade, bruised left elbow, very sore feet and a slightly aching bum. No pain no gain right? It’s been an utterly pleasure to learn from Ailsa, she knows I love dancing and I really enjoyed picking on the intricacies of Contemporary, she explained everything so well, there’s a lot to remember so I need to let my brain sit on it! I feel much better prepared!
I need to start my daily stretches tomorrow when I buy a rope and mat! The physio on Saturday gave me a program to follow plus I’m told to increase my daily water intake to 2/3ltrs, and salt ingestion by 5 – 6grams, my body soft tissue is dehydrated! I really want to do this, got my schedule ready and… with luck, I can fix this niggling leg and other issues.
For the next ten days I’m cutting out all junk food like soda, even tea/coffee, crisps, chocolate, biscuits and beer… let’s see how my body copes with just water and fruit and veg. I want to experiment and hopefully improve myself.
I need to stay fit to dance!